Gahhh! How many times have you went to the grocery store and bought the frozen cookie dough for later, either for your late-night cravings (guilty) or you’ve got guests coming over at the last minute and you didn’t have time to prepare, so you throw some frozen cookie dough balls in the oven, because it’s quick and because as we all know…everyone adores cookies!
Frozen cookie dough is easy, convenient and you can have those hot little cookies in your paws in no time right?
But what if you could save money, time and convenience by planning ahead and freeze your own cookie dough yourself. Then take another day for the best part: baking decorating and eating! 🙂
Did you know most cookie dough freezes safely for up to 6 months?
Most frozen cookies will need an extra minute or two in the oven. Otherwise, prepping and baking the cookies is exactly the same as in the recipe , except they go straight to the freezer until ready to use.
3 Types of Cookies for freezing:
- Chunky cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin)
- Slice-and-bake cookies (shortbread or sandies)
- Cut-out cookies (sugar or holiday)
Chunky cookies freeze best if you portion out the dough ahead of time by scooping out the dough just as if you were about to bake them, but you freeze them instead. Place cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes. You can make them drop or cookie-scooped cookies and once frozen, the balls of cookie dough gets put into a freezer zip-lock bag and back to the freezer until you’re ready to bake. Then grab 1 or 6 or 12 when you need to satisfy your cookie fix, like the cookie monster you are! (We have quite a few right here in the house!)
Slice-and-bake cookies get pressed and molded into logs, wrapped in wax paper, and put into the freezer. After they are taken out of the freezer, they can be crumbly, so let them warm for a few minutes before slicing and baking. If you can plan ahead, letting the logs thaw in the fridge for a few hours works really well.
Cut-out cookies can be frozen, by placing them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes. Once frozen, put them in a freezer zip-lock bag and place back in the freezer. When ready to bake, thaw until pliable and continue with the recipe.
Prep ahead and get ahead of the game for a bake sale, upcoming holiday treats, when company stops by, gift for a sick friend or your kids away at college. There are a million reasons why you can prep ahead, because eating cookies always makes the world a happier place.
For more cookie tips go to How – To! Baking Perfect Cookie Tips!
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